GLOBAL GROCERIES | Cinco de Mayo Mercado deserves its many fans

(Photos by Stephanie Fox)

I came across Cinco de Mayo Mercado almost by accident.

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Kräftskiva and crustacean slivers

I woke up this morning with dainty crayfish shards embedded in my fingers. Crustacean slivers are evidence of a good food event in the bearer's immediate past.

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Cedar Summit Farm owners win case, coalition of utilities building CapX2020 must "Buy The Farm"

Cedar Summit Farm is one of the success stories of Minnesota's buy-local dairies, but as City Pages reported in 2013's Cedar Summit Farms could be forced to relocate due to power line expansion, Florence and Dave Minar's organic and grass-fed operation wasn't compatible with the 345,000-volt line.

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TC Spotlight | Urban agriculture in the Twin Cities

For this week’s TC Spotlight, we decided to keep the outdoor summer theme and shine a spotlight on the ever-growing urban agriculture movement in the Twin Cities.

Urban agriculture comes in various forms and benefits urban communities in many ways. Urban farms provide fresh local food sources and economic development, and they create a space for social interaction, neighborhood beautification, and engagement. Below we’ve highlight just a few of the many organizations that specialize in urban agriculture and how you can support them. Feel free to use the comment section to chime in on your favorite sources of local produce and all things urban agriculture.

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Blackbird: "We cook what we love, and love what we cook"

Yes, once in a while, truth in advertising does prevail. Perhaps the Gold Standard is Blackbird cafe’s promise: “Our goal is to make Minneapolis yummier by offering a high quality meal at a good value.” And what they neglected to mention—or were too modest: the atmosphere and service are pretty darn swell, too.

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Sustainable-food initiative Urban Oasis kicks off with August 17 festival

(Margie O'Laughlin, Sandhill Photography) Above, chefs Jenny Breen and Bridger Merkt share their thoughts about condiments in preparation for the first Urban Oasis event on Sunday, August 17.

Is Dayton’s Bluff about to become the capital of Minnesota’s sustainable- food movement?

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SUPPERTIME | It's about the beer flights at JL Beers

Suppertime is a blog in comics form, exploring local restaurants, bars and other food establishments in and around the Twin Cities. I eat, I talk, I draw. 

In this Suppertime, we visited JL Beers. The food was good, the staff was friendly, but it was all about the beer flights.
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Doggie date night #1: Lake Nokomis

By this time of the summer, the “ohmydog, the weather isn’t trying to kill me anymore!” novelty of being outside can wear off, and it gets easy to fall into a rut: you and your partner take your pooch to the dog park and then to your favorite dog-friendly patio, night after night, all summer long. And it’s lovely, and you enjoy it, but isn’t it time to shake it up? Winter always comes too soon, so you’ve got to get out there and soak up the best of summer while you can.

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